We received this email over the weekend, and I thought it would be a fun discussion to have- and I have a feeling that this reader is not alone, so I am sure it will help lots of other readers. Here is what Grace had to say:

Couponing is just great for the upper class stay at home housewife whose husband pays for the internet service and computer supplies. I on the other hand am a working middle class single mom of two. And we do not have the internet at home or a computer. At work I am not allowed to download programs, so I can’t print coupons. Please help!

I would suggest subscribing to a multiple newspaper subscription and get started on your binder. If there are just 3 of you, you may just want 4 papers. If you don’t feel like you can afford a multiple newspaper subscription there are other ways to find Sunday Papers. My favorite way is to befriend a local Gas Station and ask them to save their left over Sunday Papers for you.  Most gas stations count up their extras, write it down so that they get credit and then haul them to the trash can. I am sure you’ll be able to easily convince someone to let you come take the leftovers off their hands. When I started couponing, this is what I did, and I just went Saturday evening to pick up the papers, so by the time I got the papers they were almost a week old, but this wasn’t usually a problem.

Also, did you know that you can request Bricks Coupons to be mailed to your home?!  Bricks coupons are printables, but in the bottom corner of the page, you will usually see a “Help” link which you can click and then fill out the form (which will look like this) so they can send you the coupons via Snail Mail! They are very quick about getting the coupons to you, so you can usually get the coupon and use it on the sale you want!

Here are some of my favorite bricks coupons:
BOGO Free – Athenos Hummus Product – (bricks.coupons.com)

$2.00/1 – Clean and Clear Product – (bricks.coupons.com)
$1.00/1 – Crystal Light Pure Fitness Drink – (bricks.coupons.com)
$4.00/2 – Nivea Body Product – (bricks.coupons.com)

After you have your coupon binder started with coupons from the Sunday Paper, I would start couponing like a Krazy Lady!  I would say that 70% of the coupons I use are newspaper coupons. Sure you may miss out on a few deals, but you will be able to start building your stockpile with only newspaper coupons. Not to mention all the coupons you can find in the store, like Tearpad coupons, Blinkies and Peelies, Coupon Booklets, Catalinas and More!!!

I would love to hear from Krazy Coupon Ladies and Guys who are single moms or dads. How are you making it work? Do you have internet at home? Is anybody couponing with only newspaper coupons?

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93 thoughts on “Reader Email: Can I Coupon Without a Printer?”

  1. summer says:

    I just recently contacted bricks coupons and they told me they do not mail out their coupons… pretty much if you don’t have a printer it’s like you just can coupon.

  2. Phyllistine Tinker says:

    I don’t have a coupon priter, so i look forward to hearing the knowledge you give concerning this, Thanks.

  3. Felisa says:

    My name is felisa sandoval I love your coupons. I u able to print them because I don’t have a printer. Is there a way you can tell me how else to get coupons with a computer or printer.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This was a great article it really helped me out! Im am starting my first week of couping and it all really exciting! Just like grace I dont have a computer at home, how ever I do have wifi on my phone so I’m able to follow blogs and stuff I just cant print coupons. I had a idea I wanted to share to possibly help others with the same problem. If you have a library close to your area you can use the internet for free! If your able to look at blogs and find local sales that match printable coupons public librarys u usually only charge 10 cents to 25cents to print a page, which is a deal if u get the product for free or almost free. Im planning on hitting up my local library once a week to this.so with sunday papers mailed coupons and store coupons you can still get a decent amount of saving!

  5. kATHY says:

    I have found that many computer “printed” coupons aren’t accepted anyways. Seems like the checkers don’t want to deal with it, if it doesn’t scan I can’t use it. I decided I would just use newspapers and show them…I found that our dollar store has the Sunday paper, so I load up! But i always check that someone hasn’t removed all the inserts. (naughty – naughty!)

  6. Stacia says:

    Dominique, if you go to the support website of the manufacturer of your printer and look for the driver for whichever version of windows you have on your computer…download it and install it, you’ll be able to bypass using the cd it came with ;).

  7. brianne says:

    does anyone have anymore good websites to go to where they will send coupons by mail.thanks

  8. Cynthia says:

    Up until about a year ago I would print coupons at the library for $0.10 per page. I would be very careful about the ones that I printed and only print the ones that I knew that I would use and they were high dollar ones. If it was a great coupon I would get on several computers and print more then the normal 2. But then we moved to a different state. Our new library allows you to print 75 pages a week for free but I can not install the software that bricks, etc. wants to download to print coupons:(

  9. Alissa H. says:

    I use coupons and I don’t have a printer, though I do plan on getting one eventually. I figure the money I save from the coupons will pay for the printer.

  10. charolyn says:

    I don’t buy any papers & yet usually get 4+ coupon copies per week. We do get free SS coupons in our free Tuesday paper-not sure if all areas get that. I have asked around & several people give me theirs (either from the free or Sunday paper)-lots of people aren’t interested in the coupons. One looks through them first & takes what she wants-I keep the rest.
    I keep all my weekly coupons in a stack in order in a file and when there is a great deal can look back through them-as these great couponing sites tell you which week & type it was in- & cut them out-so that is more doable for people who don’t have time to clip all of them.
    As far as the TV goes-I would feel blessed not to have all those channels for your kids-there is very little to miss out on, and lots of bad stuff they aren’t constantly getting fed. My son mostly plays outside & that I feel makes me and him the happiest-I do gardening. I purposely made the choice to just have basic channels & only one old game system (which he rarely uses)-for this reason. Sometimes he says he is embarrassed, because truthfully most-or all of his friends have these-and most of them are from families of limited means-some severely. I notice that his creativity has a chance to develop more and tell him not to feel bad, as he has better things to do, which helps instead of hinders his brain. As you can see, I don’t see much benefit in all the electronic items these days! :-)
    The library has lots of great resources-movies, educational items-books of course. Also ours has free passes you can check out for the day to take the whole family to various museums (including the children’s one), gardens, etc in the area. Ours has many great free presentations-juggling, reptile shows, magic show, puppet show etc., and in the summer the reading program, where they get a free book, and lots of free restaurant coupons. Not to mention the best benefit-encouraging reading!!

  11. Crystal S. says:

    I’m a single mom of two, working full time and living paycheck to paycheck. I’ve been couponning since mid-May and have decided that it is my new hobby. I’ve always tried to save money by using coupons, I just wasn’t saving as much as I could have because I didn’t know what I was doing. At this point, I’m still too broke to justify paying for 3 Sunday papers through subscription (though our newspaper would deliver them for $1 apiece) so I pick up copies from my dad and my mom when I visit them during the week. If there is a really good deal, I will go to the Dollar Tree and snag a few there. While I do have a laptop and printer, both were given to me by friends and family who upgraded their own. So far I haven’t had to buy ink, and I just snagged 2 reams of paper from Staples this week for $.01. I also don’t pay for phone, cable or internet because they were just not in the budget, and eating is a priority compared to these luxuries. My tv is through the government box, which has shotty reception (and we live by an AFB so it’s even worse when planes fly over.) I use free wifi whenever someone in the neighborhood happens to unlock theirs or I’m in an area that has open access. I guess my point is that you can make it work for you if you want it to.

  12. Colleen says:

    I hope you can get this to Grace: I am also a working class single mom of two I pay 60% of my income on rent and another 10% on child care, 10% on tithing and am left with about 20% each month for gas+food+bills through a lot of prayer and juggling I barely make it but I have to say couponing is a God send and I mean that literally… If you cannot afford to buy the newspaper seek out people who subscribe and ask them for it I am sure some of your co workers will bring you their paper on Monday, the girl at work who I least thought would is the one who brings it to me and my neighbor who is a senior citizen loves giving me her paper, you may not have internet I would go to the library or maybe kinkos? (I have not tried them, myself) you can print 3 coupons per page for 10 cents, if you print out 3, .50 coupons you make $1.40. That’s how I would look at it. You may not have a computer now but be patient and one may come to you be prayerful about it, we got ours through a friend and where able to make payments to them. Once you are saving so much with coupons you will be able to teach others and that is a true blessing! I have been able to buy my kids things I would have never been able to buy them and I love it when one of them says do we have a coupon for that?!..I started with envelopes and as I saved more money I was able to upgrade to the other supplies…so please do not be dismayed it is do-able. There is another website I would like to tell you about but I do not want to post it here out of respect to this great site so if you want maybe KCL will put us in touch. Best of Luck! PS In case someone wants to know there is a printer at Walmart for $30 w/ both black and color ink, HP deskjet D1660 I payed for it after my 1st real week of couponing!

  13. ally says:

    WOW! Its sooooo sad how the those who are struggling need to insult those who they think are not. We should not judge others because we do NOT know their whole story. We do not know the suffering of others. It is wrong to be jealous of others. Now look at where you are and count your blessings. Some day you may be one of the rich. You will work hard to get there. Do you want people to hate you? Do your best and teach your daughter to love others. God bless you! You are in my prayers.

  14. Ana says:

    As someone who has been there before (yes, we used to sneak in to Costco so we could eat samples for dinner when we had no food), I will say this: attitude is EVERYTHING. Your post above feels so “poor me” and disempowered. When everything seems so out of your control, attitude is the one thing you can control… and believe me, it will make all the difference in the world. Own your strength and empower yourself to change (yes, one coupon at a time :) A little saying that I was told by a coworker that I like to keep in mind when facing hard situations is: “I’m going to take this thing that I did not cause and I cannot change… and I’m gonna roll with it”. So… chin up, no more woe-is-me, and be proud that you’re taking steps to change!

  15. Joanne says:

    She could to the library to print coupons. Most libraries across the country have free internet access with printers available for maybe 10 cents a page. That’s what I used to do before I got internet at home.

  16. Heather says:

    Grace, hopefully you’ve read some things that will help you begin your couponing journey. I know that this sounds really simple minded, but couponing really changes lives. We receive email after email from women who have started couponing and have seen huge changes in their lives. There is something really liberating about taking control of your families finances, through couponing. Also, it’s so powerful to start deciding what you will pay for your groceries, instead of having someone dictate the prices to you. We hope you’ll jump into this and start trying it out… I know that you’ll see big changes in your life! :)

  17. Connie says:

    I am not a single parent, but we are a family of four living off of one income. I do not have a printer, so I only use newspaper coupons, blinkies, tearpads, etc. But what this person could do is join coupon groups in order to trade or swap coupons. There are also coupon clipping services. I love to stockpile and what I do is swap with other coupon buddies. There are also sites where other couponers charge a small h/f for their extra coupons and so I buy from them. There are lots of other options too getting coupons. I may not be able to print a coupon, but that does not hold me back. If you have internet at work, maybe you should take a look at some of these groups that are on yahoo.

  18. Karen says:

    Seems like this person is finding excuses why she can’t make this work. All the previous suggestions are fantastic ways to make this work. Rather than provide additional suggestions I’d just love to comment on human behavior.

    When I’m really proud or excited about a coupon score and I mention it to a Non-Couponing friend, rather than saying “Great Job!” they say “Oh I don’t have time to do that and it costs too much in gas to run from store to store”.. I just find this funny. People automatically feel guilt or pressure when no pressure was applied. I’m simply sharing my excitement with them.

    Similarly when this person feels frustrated with her situation she tries to find excuses like “not an upper class housewife”. Regardless of our situation we all appreciate the value of a dollar. We share a hobby that brings us satisfaction. As you all have pointed out, you can do that with or without internet access.

    No judgments, just observations. Hope you find a way to make couponing successful.

  19. cassie says:

    I too was a little peeved when I read this email. But then I started thinking, why? Why is it an insult to be called ‘upper class’. Which I am not. My husband lost his job last year. But I feel even if I had the money I would coupon because it saves you so much money. I think people who DO have a lot of money understand how to use money and not let it use them. Couponing helps you take control of your money.
    I have to admit though, couponing stresses me out! I told my husband after a recent shopping tripm that I am quitting after my subscription ends. I think I will take a break. I hate feeling so overwhelmed when I shop. Especially because here in Utah all the good deals are gone because everyone and their mom coupons!

  20. Grace says:

    Thanks for the comments and infomation. Some of it was very informative and useful. I too am offended that I work very hard and yet am unable to provide the very basics for my family. That everyday I am confronted with yet another barrier to our success. And to know many many individuals profit handsomely each time the gap between those that have and those that dont widens. Hunger is not a laughing matter. A wake up call, no matter how offened you are or out of touch with reality you may want to be, most people I know are in my same or very similar curminstance. They nor their children have access to the world wide web, and now with the TV conversion our access to the media has been severly limited. The conversion box gives us access to a few basic channels but the quality is very poor. Not apologizing that anyone has been offended by the facts of life. I have fed my children on $22 a week what do I look like buying toner? I hope this gives pause to those who are putting this information out there to help others feed their families, stop and think what can I do to make this information available to everyone. Just imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t choose what you ate, where you shopped, what school your children went too, don’t get me wrong, for those that have all that, you go! But if your putting stuff out there under the pretense it is for the public, providing aide to us during these trying economical times then do that. Make it available for all the public or keep it real and not waste the time of those who will be unable to access or use your offers. Tell us, like those that replied to my comments, go grab a newspaper. That I would appreciate.

    • Cat says:

      Listen, Grace. I came from a third world country. We escaped from that country and was blessed to be allowed to migrate to USA for a better life. I understand the very basic of survival. My parents had 5 children to support, didn’t speak english, and owned nothing except the clothes we arrive in. Each of us children went on to have college degrees. The point I am trying to make is that you can make the best of your situation even when everything is against you. I grew up without a TV and had to work since I was 13 to help my parents. I paid for my college to get an engineering degree. Guess what? I have a professional career today and I coupon to the max. Saving where you can is just a smart choice whether with a printer or not. I’m not some rich spoiled housewife sitting at home hitting the print button just hording the money. Hunger is a reality and that is a basic need that should be met (I agree and have lived that), but that responsibility is on me. I will do whatever it takes to make sure my children and family are fed. I don’t blame someone else because I am hungry.

      I am blessed at this point in my life because I can coupon to donate to charity. There are shelters and churches that will help you with the basics. I hope you will get inspired to know that you can make things happen with your own will and determination. I will help you with coupons if you wish to contact me.

    • Crystal says:

      I’m really sorry that you don’t have a computer or printer, but again insulting those of us who do won’t get you anywhere! I have a computer. It was purchased with our tax return one year. We felt it was a worthy investment for a number of reasons. If you are having problems, you need to think about ways to fix it and insulting others is NOT one of them. I am not “out of touch with reality.” Yes, I am a stay-at-home mom. Our family makes a lot of sacrifices so that I can stay home and raise my children. We live on a single income and it’s NOT a big one. Some of us aren’t spoiled rich housewives. We are lower or middle class women who value raising our children and NEED to use coupons in order to make that happen.

    • Dominique says:

      It really hurts my feelings when people make assumptions about SAHMs. My husband and I have made huge sacrifices in order for me to stay at home. You don’t have a printer? Well mam’, I don’t have a car. My husband works 12 hour shifts so I am home, 24/7. I have to bum rides and borrow vehicles. Up until recently, I would go a few days without eating to save money on our grocery bill. I have a 1 year old daughter whom I feed with homemade food. We have tons of neighbors/family with farms and gardens, so I use all the blessings from that to insure she and my husband never go without. The only problem with me not eating was I am 6 months pregnant. After tons of prayer on what to do and after selling tons of items in our home, I attended a coupon class at a church. It has helped out so much. After my first trip, I saved 100 dollars. And that was just with newspaper coupons. I was able to buy over 2 weeks worth of groceries plus other items like toilet paper for less than I could have ever imagined. I have a printer, but my laptop’s CD Rom is broke and we can not afford to get another, so I can’t hook the two together. So please, next time you want to inslult SAHMs, please think long and hard. Just because we don’t make a paycheck doesn’t mean our lives are any easier. 90% of everything I own in second hand or given to me. But you know what? I love my life, and I wouldn’t change it-nor am I ashamed of it.

      • Samantha Hughes says:

        Dominique: Have you tried asking your friend to put whatever files that are on a CD to a USB stick for you? It should work the same, just find someone computer-savvy. Hope this helps.


    • Kris says:

      I really hate that you feel so angry to the world for the situation that you and your family is in. That is really sad. I just want to say that it is not “our” fault that you are in your financial situation. Many people, including my own family, live from paycheck to paycheck. Yes, it is difficult sometimes but we find a way to make ends meet and be happy with the life that we have made for ourselves. I am 35 and currently back in school working on my nursing degree so that we can have the extra money to be more comfortable. I have a 1 yr old and my husband works from 3 am until 1 pm at his 1st job and then works usually works until dark at his landscaping business that he does just to make enough money for us to pay our bills and eat until I get out of school. So, no, I do not feel sorry for you because you can’t go to the library to print coupons like other people. There are free resources available if you just use them. I am not saying go live off the government. I am simply saying don’t feel sorry for yourself when other people in the same or similar situation as you find ways to make ends meet utilizing FREE resources. It only costs a few cents to print at the library. Roll your pennies and go do it. I do. :) Sorry if this offends you. I am just putting it out there.

  21. Kimberly says:

    I agree with Sue, I don’t think those comments were meant as an insult. Rather, before I read the comments, I wasn’t insulted at all–I was reminded of how blessed I am to have a husband who provides for us. We are not upper class, but we know what it’s like to count pennies–when I first became a stay at home mom, he brought home about $22,000 a year. We had many lean years to get where we are now–I remember stretching to pay for dial-up internet, and had no printer. Even after couponing was not a necessity to us, I still continue to be the “bargain queen” among my friends. Now I use the stockpiles to donate to a local women’s shelter, which I would never have been able to do before. I send them a few boxes of items every month, full of my freebies and low cost items. With the money we save, we have an emergency fund and are able to afford activities for our kids. I agree with the other posters that there are many ways to be creative and make couponing work…please don’t judge someone who would be thrilled to be in your financial situation, even if it isn’t “upper class”. I applaud single moms, that would have to be one of the hardest situations I can imagine.

  22. Jennifer m says:

    I cannot figure out how to have bricks coupons mailed. I don’t have a printer or computer and can’t afford one for awhile. I also can find a main site for bricks. I am using the net on my phone, so thus would help a lot!!

    • Dana says:

      Hey Jennifer and others – I’m blessed to have a computer, printer and tons of paper. I don’t mind helping anyone who seriously needs the help. Tell me what you need and I will print and mail to you. A few envelopes a week out my door is not a problem. The local grocery store personnel know me by name and tally my savings with me as they run all my coupons through the scanner! I’ll use those savings for a book of stamps! Dana

      • Jennifer m says:

        Dana, you are very sweet. I usually just really need the huggies coupons when they come out. Diapers can be a large part of my budget, but couponing helps so much. If you would like to send these, my email is queenjennifer87(at) yahoo (dot) com.

        I am still not quite sure how to find the link in each coupon at bricks to have them mailed. I keep going in circles and I know I am likely just missing where to find the button to access the form. Has anyone sucessfully done this?

        (wow, I did not realize how many typos I had in my origional post)

    • Heather says:

      [img]http://thekrazycouponlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/help bricks.jpg[/img]

      Click the link that says HELP at the bottom of the coupon

      • Jennifer m says:

        Yeah, I was hitting that button. Maybe the prints were out for that coupon. I found a link to some deli meats and was able to order a print for that. Strange. Thank you for the tip!

  23. TATA34 says:

    I am not offended by her couponing tips she was only give advice on her to save money ladies don’t take things so personal we are all human so be nice we all need edvice to save money.I went to Kroger today and bought 10 packs if King Cotton Sausage for .45 cents a piece.I love saving money…Thanks Krazy Lady..

  24. sue says:

    I dont think this person meant to insult anyone, just a misunderstanding. Because obviously, if we were all upper middle class wives,or upper class anything than there would be no need for us to coupon and save money, unless a person is doing it as a hobby. Sometimes even an extra $10. per month, (hard to believe, but true) for someone can make the difference of having to go without a necessity, like food. I know, I have been broke before, and counting pennies out of a piggy bank to buy my kids a carton of milk…that was before there were any WICK programs..I have been on food stamps in my life too. Not fun guys, try to have some patience and understanding before throwing someone to the lions. I count myself very lucky to have a computer, and internet, a printer. Something many take for granted.

    • Crystal says:

      I think what we are wanting is some understanding as well. Just because I have the means or resourcefulness to print coupons does not make me an “upper class stay-at-home housewife” I can’t think of any worse way to put it than that. And it is extremely presumptuous to make such an assertion and judgment on anyone. Yes, I do have a husband and I consider him a blessing. We sacrifice a lot in order for me to stay home and raise our children and that’s our choice. We have a VERY meager budget (I don’t even have health insurance! sad but true). Yes, we do have a computer because I needed one for school and have just always had one. ANd, I’m sure Grace probably has things I don’t because they are important to her. That’s how it works–we all have different priorities and values and we spend our money accordingly. To judge someone who owns a computer in the way that she did is a little harsh I think.

    • Colleen says:

      I like your spirit Sue that was very nice!

    • jen says:

      So true, I have been though hard times also. I recently got a cell phone and feel lucky.

  25. Hanna says:

    I think the most important thing to remember here is that it isn’t always the resources…it is the resourcefulness!!!-Toni Robbins. If you are serious about couponing….do it. I was in a similar situation…I couldn’t get a newspaper subscription, my printer is outrageous on ink and I no longer have internet. My solution….the recycle center in your local town or city is a great place to start. I was shocked by how many papers get recycled untouched. I would go about once a week and go through the papers and take the inserts. For a solution to the no internet….I told my mother in law that I would help her save money too if she would let me use her internet…I would print coupons from mine and her computer and then help her find the deals. I did this for a while before I was able to get a newspaper subscription and I hesitated a little about getting one. I get 10 sunday papers and it cost about 20 dollars a month but I figure if I can get 20 dollar items for free from the papers each month I have earned them and usually every paper has at least two or three coupons you can match up with a sale for some free stuff. I am so glad I get them, and I too had to work my way up to being able to afford them, you just have to learn to budget for them, its like anything else…if you really want it you will find a way to get it. And I too, by no means am a stay at home housewife….I work fulltime at one job, have a parttime job also, and am 7 months pregnant and I am the only income right now…its can be scary but you can do it if you are determined. Oh and another way to get coupons….right letters to companies about their products, usually you can find info on the product…..they almost always send coupons!!! Good luck, you can do it!

  26. Laura says:

    We have a subscription to the newspaper, but I don’t want to pay for multiple subscriptions so I’ve had to get creative. On Sunday nights if I have time, I will make a few stops at the local McDonalds [there are 2 in my area] and gather up any leftover inserts from people who read their newspaper in the morning and didn’t take the inserts with them. I’m sure that a local IHOP or Denny’s would allow you to do the same thing. On Mondays we have storytime at our local library so when I take the kids, I stop by the adult section first. The coupon inserts are first come first served, but I find that no one else asks for them, so I can get multiple coupon inserts from there. You just have to get creative. My mother-in-law will mail me coupons she gets even though she is states away! It’s possible to save money using just newspaper coupons.

  27. Stephanie B says:

    I’ve only been couponing since April. I am a single mom of 2 teenage boys who would eat me through house and home if I let them. I work two jobs. One of my jobs happens to be at an assisted living community, of which we have seniors who received the Sunday paper. I collect the inserts from their trash. Not literally! But when they are done with their papers, most of them just place the newspaper outside their door for it to be picked up by housekeeping. I have been able to pick up about 12 to 15 inserts a week from doing this. I’ve been amazed at some of the deals I’ve gotten!!

    • Stephanie B says:

      I forgot to mention, I was robbed three times this year at the beginning of the year (I’ve moved since then). The first time, they took my laptop, leaving me without a computer. By the third robbery, I had replaced my computer with one my boss had given me when he replaced his. They ended up taking that one too. I don’t have a computer right now, so I use the inserts I get from work. It works out well for now :)

  28. kate says:

    Check out your local library and their policies with computers and printing. Our local library will allow 10 free pages and then it’s only $.10 per additional page. It’s free to reserve the computers for 30 min sessions (although many times there are some open to walk up and use,) easy to do, especially if you already know what coupons you want to print before you sit down.

    • Crystal says:

      My local library has $.10 prints, but they don’t allow programs to be downloaded (so you can’t download the printing software). However, you can still print Rite Aid coupons because those don’t require a download.

  29. Susan says:

    Just thought I’d let you know I’m doing totally the opposite.

    I’m couponing WITHOUT the newspaper.

    Our budget was slashed to next to nothing when the daily paper suddenly laid off my husband. The last thing I’m interested in is giving them any money.

    The internet is bundled into our cable/phone package. I print on a printer I got for $25.00 in grayscale ink on paper I recycle from work (stores don’t care if the other side is printed or not). I only print what I’m 100% positive I’ll use.

    I email companies and request coupons. I use internet coupons, in-store coupons (blinkies, peelies, etc.) and blogs like the KCL, I’m saving quite a bit.

    Which goes to show the original poster, that you there are plenty of different ways to save – you just have to craft a system that works with your limits and resources.

  30. Ashley says:

    I was also offended by the attitude.. but I am not a stay at home mom. I’m a single working Mom of a 1 year old who REFUSES to drink milk & eat people food. I, luckily have worked at my job for 6 years and make a fair amount. By no means are we upper class. We do have cable & internet, but sacrifice a nice house and a nice car to have it.

    I use a ton of couponing websites, and the email subscriptions that often have coupons in them too! I can print the coupons contained in emails from work (no install required!) so that may be a hint… I can print Cheerios and Beechnut at work. I subscribe to multiple email addresses and stock up when I get coupons!!

    I do not subscribe to the Sunday paper, but my Mom & Grandmother do, so they save their inserts for me!! I don’t pay for a subscription, so I am lucky.

    Also, another idea… collectible coupons sells coupons for a small handling fee! I order many on there that i plan to use to stock up when items are 50% or more off. Shipping is very reasonable if you order clipped coupons vs. whole inserts. They have Sunday’s coupons posted by Tuesday generally… I think buying only the ones I want is sometimes cheaper than subscribing anyway! Good luck =)

  31. Heather says:

    I have been couponing for years. It wasn’t until the last few years that there were online coupons and I still got free stuff before then. I have couponed as a SAHM and now as a working mom. I have couponed when I had to, and now because I want to. It’s work, I spend hours a week, but I love it. It’s my hobby. It’s funny to me when coworkers joke about my 2 hour shopping trips, all the while puffing on a cigarette, and complaining about not having any money. Saying you can’t afford to coupon is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. All you need is a commitment to save money. When our printer was broke, I couponed at the library for 10 cents a sheet. My home computer was bought at an after-Thanksgiving sale. It’s all in how you look at. “Poor Me” is a personality trait, not a result of life.

  32. jen says:

    I don’t print a coupon unless it is worth at least $1 off or double to $1 or more. It is not worth wasting the ink and paper (for me). I also don’t print ones hoping to use.

    I buy newspapers a Dollar Tree only after checking the blogs to see if it has coupons I will actually use. Dollar Tree is 10 miles away and I don’t think it is worth burning thru a lot of gas to just get some coupons.

    I am nosey when dropping off old paper to the local schools for recycling. If I see some inserts I grab them and bring back the scraps on my next trip there.

  33. Carole says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that was offended by this comment. I’m not an upper class stay at home wife… I’m married to a soldier and even with a degree and advanced certifications, I can’t find a job at our current duty station.

    I started couponing before I had a printer. One of my favorite places to find coupons is at the grocery store. Many of my local stores have tables around the deli area where people leave extra coupons. I pick up ones I need and leave extras I have.

    I also have a deal with some of my neighbors… they give me their coupon inserts (since none of our neighbors are couponers) and I give them some of the things I get free with coupons.

  34. Ann says:

    YES! You can coupon without a home computer. It will be a bit more difficult but it can be done. Your local library will have computers you can use to look on websites such as The Krazy Coupon Lady or some others I like are: Southersavers.com and Time2Saveworkshop.com.
    I DO NOT subscribe to multiple papers because I am a single Mother with a daughter in college and it becomes expensive and wasteful. There are websites such as Ebay.com that you can buy coupons on and they are very reasonable. More reasonable than purchasing multiple subscriptions. In my small town, several of the stores will not take internet printables because of those who have illegally “copied” them so I have to use the published kind. A word of advice from one single mom to another, I do think that it would be a great family Christmas gift if you could buy a computer & printer. You can get both very cheap now days, especially at Christmas time. I use a Kodak printer (known for the lowest cost in cartrides) and purchase paper from Staples when they have the rebate where I can get my paper for FREE. I’m going tonight to pick up 2 packs (which will last me a longtime). Good luck! Couponing has saved me a lot of money and has been a wonder tool in teaching my daughter how to manage her money.

  35. Desirae says:

    Before I became a stay at home mom I used to be the office manager for our local newspaper. While some gas station clerks may just count up their newspaper returns and toss I don’t think this is how most papers operate. Usually the delivery guy needs to be the one to tally up the returns and remove the papers and report back to the newspaper office. Most newspapers also charge for back issues however, you can learn when the recycling day at the newspaper office but the coupons may be expired by the time they recylce.

    P.S. I too am a little offended by the attitude-couponing is what allows me to be a stay at home mom-that and I have a wonderful husband who works 16 hour shifts just to make ends meet-so I feel it is my duty to save our family as much money as possible. We by no means are upper class and my savings from couponing more than cover the cost of internet and ink (which I just refill the cartridge at Walgreens and ONLY when I have a coupon for it!)

  36. sarah says:

    Most of my coupons are from the coupon inserts – not the internet. If I were a single mom working full time, I would choose a couple of stores and maximize what each offers. I wouldn’t worry about catching every deal, which is distracting and not worth as much as a salary.

  37. Twin Mom says:

    1) Our printer is a $25 laser from a university that should print ~50,000 more pages before it needs toner. Since I will probably never print that many (even with free paper from Staples or Office Depot), the $25 should be a lifetime investment. Check into used laser printers with remaining toner.

    1) Lots of McDonalds have free Wi-Fi. If you have a Starbucks gift card and use it once/month, you can get free Wi Fi at any Starbucks. I don’t go to Starbucks, but if you go there anyway, you may as well buy a gift card, register it, and buy a monthly drink. This option would probably require a portable printer.

    3) Consider asking a neighbor if you could share with him/her in exchange for a chore or share the cost (dog walking, pet sitting, babysitting, plant watering)

    4) If you live on a hill and own your property, check with local internet companies to see if they’ll give you free internet in exchange for a place to install a repeating tower.

  38. Cali says:

    I’m a little offended by that attitude!! We are not rich but we have a computer. Couponing isn’t just about saving on groceries. It’s learning to save on EVERYTHING!! Be smart. Buy a computer on craigslist or watch the freecycle sites. I’ve seen people list computers for almost nothing!! I use a Brother HL 2140. Which I got for FREE. They are about $65 new. The toners are about $22. Even when I print like a krazy coupon lady I only have to buy toner twice a year. Dial-up is what… $10/month? With coupons you will save that much alone in one month.

    A lot of the best coupons are online, I think anyway. It’s worth the small investment. Cost vs. Reward here… that savings outweigh the cost.

  39. Beth says:

    Yes, this comment definitely rubbed me wrong too. Upper class stay at home housewife? Really? Trust me when I say that only having one household income (my husband’s) keeps us well out of the upper class! And I work hard to save money in place of the income I’m no longer making! Using coupons, growing a garden, making homemade baby food, using cloth diapers, eating out less, etc. I’m not simply laying around clipping coupons while my nails dry from their latest manicure. Saving money is a way of life, not a list of “have to haves” (like printer, ink, internet, etc) before you can start to save money. Do what you can with what you have in the way of time and resources and rejoice that you’re saving anything more than you used to spend.

  40. Cali says:

    I’m a little offended by that attitude!! We are not rich but we have a computer. Couponing isn’t just about saving on groceries. It’s learning to save on EVERYTHING!! Be smart. Buy a computer on craigslist or watch the freecycle sites. I’ve seen people list computers for almost nothing!! I use a Brother HL 2140. Which I got for FREE. They are about $65 new. The toners are about $22. Even when I print like a krazy coupon lady I only have to buy toner twice a year. Dial-up is what… $10/month? With coupons you will save that much alone in one month.

    A lot of the best coupons are online, I think anyway. It’s worth the small investment. Cost vs. Reward here… that savings outway the cost.

  41. Malissa says:

    I am a single mom and work full time, no support from my ex. This blog has literally saved me tons of money. I don’t have a lot of time to match up deals so this site helps tremendously (I’m sure it takes a lot of time and dedication). Before I started couponing, I would only buy generic and my daughter and I would eat the same things every week.

    This is how I started out: My grandma subscribes to the paper and would give me the coupons she wasn’t planning on using. Then I went online to the local paper website and found a deal to have the paper delivered for $1 (Sunday only..woohoo). I’m not able to print the coupons at work cuz they won’t let us download software but with the money I have saved, I was able to buy a cheap printer. There are always specials at Walgreens and office supply stores to refill the ink cartridges and on copy paper.

    My daughter (she’s 5) loves finding deals now. The best coupons I’ve found have been from Kraft First Taste and Vocalpoint. Plus the Home Made Simple coupon booklet. None of this takes a newspaper subscription or a printer :). I love stacking coupons at Walgreens and Target..received a lot of free things that way.

  42. tobi says:

    guys… the comment was meant as a sarcastic typical stereotype of what we couponers are… she wasn’t calling anyone anything… she was making a distinction between what people tend to believe and what actually is… please reread it from the different context. i think that fast skimming readers quickly oversaw the point.

    • Crystal says:

      I have read and re-read it and I still get a very condescending attitude from it, and it wasn’t only a couple people who read it that way either, it was almost everyone.

  43. Amy says:

    At one time i thought that couponing was for someone who was a stay at home… but i realize its not. I work 2 full time jobs just to pay of high bills… and my husband has been unable to find work for a few years. It is me who buys all the papers (i get 4, and trade with people the coupons i dont need) I was the one who paid for the printer… So… I know it is possible… I dont find too many coupons online that i really use… but my suggestion to those who use particular brands, try emailing the company and either praise a product or ask if they have coupons.. i have gotten a few by doing that…

  44. Trinh says:

    I just found out that the DollarTree near me sells each paper for $1 (whereas it’s normally $1.50 each), so on Sunday I picked up 5 papers for $5! I haven’t printed that many coupons, I’ve had questions both at Safeway and Kmart about the validity of them, so I would say the newspaper ones I prefer to have those. I just bought my printer and I found it on clearanced at Walmart for $10. First printer I’ve had in years. My internet is through a local company that is not the greatest but it’s cheaper than the other companies with no contract.

    Also I am not a rich stay at home mom either. I work outside the home with three children, and use public transportation to save on parking costs to work, meaning my commute time is long so I don’t really have time to check out all the deals, but depend on great sites like this one to help me out!

  45. Nikki says:

    I can tell the author is frustrated with her situation, and Im willing not to get too upset about her choice of words. I have been both a stay at home mom and now, a working out side of the home wife and mom. Neither are easy by any means–now that I am working, it’s TIME that I have lost. However, I have never been a single mom. Im sure that adds to the weight of the author’s situation. There are some great suggestions in this thread. I have been couponing for years and got some great tips.

  46. Vee says:

    I just called our library, and yes, you can print coupons there!!
    Also, don’t forget that some Costco stores can refill HP and a couple of other ink cartridges for about 1/3 of the cost of new. Sometimes, they even have a coupon:)

  47. Nadine says:

    just read the other comments.. glad I wasn’t the only one who took that comment personally. I just assumed I was oversensitive

  48. Nadine says:

    I’m not single, though when I was I still couponed. My husband doesn’t buy anything, we work on it together. I work, so does he. There was a time I worked and he stayed home. And we are definitely not middle or upper class. We are most definitely lower class. I coupon because we HAVE to. We used wedding money to finally buy a printer so that we could print coupons, however I went for almost a year with just newspaper coupons and I did JUST fine. You get out of it what you put into it. Single or married, whatever. Being a single mom of 4 kids made no difference in my couponing because I’m just as busy, if not busier, now than I was single

  49. Kelly says:

    I agree with many that the wording was not the best (and no i’m not a stay at home mother) I started couponing a few months ago as a way to be able to survive on my $15/week budget including cat supplies and organic fruits/veggies. At the beginning I felt the same way that it would be impossible when I saw lots of other peoples stockpiles until I realized that they were likely doing this for months/years. I also realized that at the time although I did not have the extra room in my budget for things like SCR from rite aid or rebates and and ECB’s. I started off simply by buying 1 paper on the weeks that I could afford it (very helpful with the sunday coupon preview so I knew really when I would be able to use it) and match it with my stores sales for just a few things each week. Since february I now have managed to save enough money/change over the weeks to be able to afford a newspaper subscription, have a shelf (pantry) full of all the personal care items and food staples I could possibly need. I am even now able to take advantage of some rebate items/SCR options (when they are appropriate for the items I actually use). The best part is that I am now able to even donate items to different local charities and organizations.
    It takes time and it can be very overwhelming by seeing so many different things that you “think” you need and can often be discouraging but picking up one or two sale things a week out of your budget will quickly add up and make all the difference.

    oh and I started out not being able to print coupons too, but because of the money I saved I am now able to afford to buy printer ink (thanks to amazon GC’s from swagbucks)

    • Jessica says:

      Kelly – I really enjoyed with you wrote! It made me tear up. Look what you’ve done with just some intentionality! Bravo!!

    • Kelly says:

      Also meant to mention, that there are tonnes of people on sites like this one that are willing to trade coupons (even print ones for you) in trade for paper ones you may have no need for.

  50. Amanda says:

    Spend money OOP one month at Rite Aid. Use your check to buy a Rite Aid gift card. After you do this you won’t need to spend any more paper money in that store. The library has computers you can use for free.

  51. Sarah says:

    As far as the couponing question goes, I would suggest finding other moms/dads that you know and maybe start a couponing club. I do this with my mom. We talk about once a week on the phone and I offer her any of my coupons that I’m not going to use and she does the same, then we mail each other. I think this is a great community building way to meet other parents, because like the other ladies stated above, we ARE all in this together. No matter our marital/socioeconomic status or the like, we need each other.

  52. Vee says:

    We have a different scenario. Retired with time, but minimal money. We have old computers, and I got my printer free from Freecycle.org. We use the library a lot. Ours has free local papers in the lobby twice a week. The Sat. issue has coupon inserts. They also have a lot of computers. I don’t know if you can print coupons there or not – ask them. Also, Walmart has a magazine call AllYou that has a lot of coupons. A subscription is cheaper than individual issues, but you can sign up for 2 free issues, and then cancel if you dont like it. I used to swap my Sunday coupons with a friend. We each cut out what we wanted and then traded. Luckily, we didn’t often want the same coupons. Good luck!!

  53. Wendy says:


    Our local library offers use of the internet for free and charges only 10 cents a page for printing. If you print several coupons on a page, you are still way ahead.

    • Sarah says:

      Our library does too. Are you able to install the coupon printer on their computers?

    • Teri says:

      I was just going to suggest the library also. Internet is free and print out are very reasonable.

    • Teri says:

      How about teaming up with a friend who has internet and a printer. You could share your insert coupons also.

  54. Heather says:

    Hmmm… I guess I didn’t read too much into the question from Grace. There is nothing wrong with being a stay at home mom (obviously, I am one! :) ), I was just hoping to get some advice from Mom’s who are single and couponing. I absolutely know that it can be done, and I am hoping to help some reluctant readers who think this is only for one type of person.

    Love you all! :)

    • Jessica says:

      I’m going to have to bite my tongue on this one. I think a rewording of the question might have been appropriate. We all work hard and want to make our money stretch or we wouldn’t be here!

  55. Rosy says:

    Ditto, Ditto and Ditto… I too was kind of taken by the way the question was worded.

  56. Morgan says:

    I think the comment about “upper class housewife” was rude and uncalled for. Perhaps it hit home too much, but still, it wasn’t needed. My husband works very hard to provide me and our children the opportunity to stay home and raise them myself. My avid couponing only adds to our ability to continue to thrive off one income. Perhaps you have an unrealistic idea of what “upper” and “middle” class really are? People of all different incomes and household sizes can enjoy and profit from couponing.

    ps-I’m really bitting my tounge on this one! arrrggg!

    • Crystal says:

      Ditto to the “biting the tongue” I’m just reeling from this comment. I am by no means an “upperclass stay at home housewife.” I am a very working class (my husband’s salary is about $35,000/year) stay-at-home MOTHER. Yes, I have a computer. We think it’s important for a multitude of reasons, including learning and education (I first got it for school, which by the way, I paid for myself through earned scholarships and working). I’m sure Grace probably has things that I would consider luxuries that I can’t afford. We all have different things that are “worth it” for us to splurge on and for us a computer is one of them. That doesn’t make me a spoiled upperclass housewife.

      Okay, biting my tongue a little less now I guess ;)

  57. Anna says:

    As a stay at home mom with three kids, this *definitely* rubs me the wrong way and I don’t mind saying so. Our family is middle class and I stay at home because the cost of daycare would consume my entire salary. My point is that Grace, as a single mother, is living on one salary the same as my household. Couponing helps me to stretch that salary as far as possible and we do it as cheaply as possible.

    We’ve called our local internet company and have negotiated a lower rate when they’re running specials for new customers and picked up a laser printer for only $25 on Craigslist to save on the cost of ink. The money I save every month with coupons definitely makes up for the cost of our DSL internet (currently $25/mo.) so to imply that only the upper class can afford to print coupons irks me. While it’s true that there’s the cost of a computer to consider, those are also possible to find cheaply on sites like Freecycle or Craigslist (nothing brand new of course but serviceable) and would pay for themselves in short order.

    Otherwise, to answer the question originally posted, I’ve been able to get the newspaper inserts from my local library every week just by asking the head librarian for them. Telling friends and family to save their coupons if they get the paper has also been a HUGE source of inserts for me. At this point, I almost have more inserts than I know what to do with and don’t have to buy the paper for myself.

  58. elizabeth says:

    I am a young married person and we work very hard. I love couponing and the money that it saves us. I almost did not post anything here, but this topic rubbed me the wrong way. Why is it implied that only an upper class housewife with a rich hubby would have money to coupon? Maybe I took this the wrong way, but I just didn’t like the way the question was asked. Why would a man have to provide the internet or the money?

    Sorry to rant-it is just that people from all walks of life enjoy couponing and it is really fun. I don’t think economic or social status should come into play.

    when I didn’t have a printer awhile back I used many friends computers and traded with them to use their printers. For the person who posted the question maybe you could trade childcare or other things for the use of someones computer.

    • DEH says:

      I, too, felt the way you did about how the question was asked. I do stay home, but I don’t think of it as my husband paying for the internet and computer supplies while I lay around doing nothing. We’re a team, and each of us contributes to the financial well being of our family in different ways.

      I love love love KCL! But I’m not sure the question needed to be printed in its entirety to get the point across.

      We couponers are in this together, right?

    • Natalie W. says:

      I understand what you mean too. But I don’t think she meant it to offend anyone. When I first came to this site it seemed like I couldn’t “afford” to coupon (which is silly) because they talk alot about getting multiple newspapers but at $2 a pop my family doesn’t have the money to buy 10 or 15 papers every week. And ladies keep in mind that you’re not going to use the coupons just from the inserts you get each week. I thought I wasn’t using alot of my insert coupons either until I realized that I was using some from inserts that were 3-4 months old!

      Also alot of the deals you can get may involve a certain $ amount oop and if you have a tight budget it could be hard to throw down money on an item that you don’t need right then over something you do need right then. But I learned that if I put away spare change and use it soley for my new hobby then I don’t feel guilty buying another 29 cent toothbrush when I have 10 new ones already!

      I think what is important is to start of slow if you have too. You don’t need to get a huge stockpile in less then a week. and only if you buy one or two things that are a steal then that’s great!

      I think of it like excercising. Not everyone can do P90X (but I must brag that it’s been 40 days and I’m still going strong :) ) but everyone can choose they’re own level and pace of any type of exercise. Well you just have to choose the level and pace and amount of $ that’s right for you when you coupon. I see ladies that have carts full in my stores and even though they are saving anywhere from 40-90% it all adds up and someone else might not be able to spend that amount on just the things that are on sale.

      So enough of me babbling on. i just wanted to put in my two cents and say that sometimes it may come across like you have to have money to save money but everyone has to find their own comfort zone and even if you save $5 a week thats an extra $5 in your pocket!

      and a quick fyi…at my Puyallup, Wa Dollar Tree I just found out they have the sunday paper for…you guessed it! $1 ! I have no problem going there every sunday to get my inserts half off (as always just make sure you check it before you buy to make sure all the inserts are there!)

      As always thanks to the main ladies of this website for all the hardwork they do which saves time for the rest of us!

    • A concerned shopper says:

      THANK YOU!!! I normally don’t comment, but the way that question was worded is incredibly offensive. I’m still reeling. I am not an “upperclass, stay-at-home housewife.” I am a very working class stay at home MOTHER of 2 babies.

  59. Amy says:

    I tell all the people who I teach about couponing that if they just get basic cheap dial up ($9.99 or less)that they will recoup the expense in no time. If you dedicate yourself to saving money and coupon like a krazy woman I have no doubt you would save that much in one transaction!

    • Amy says:

      and p.s. I don’t even use HALF of my newspaper coupons! I’m sure that depends on where you live and the value of the coupons in the paper, but in Missoula MT our coupon inserts and amounts can be puny.

  60. Amanda says:

    I just got done calling all over to track down left over gas station papers (or a place that would let me collect their’s) and I learned that ALL of them don’t even keep their papers :( they get picked up by the Newspaper! I thought I had struck gold!